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Feb 28, 2011 7:00pm EST
in my life. just got back from a trip to japan. we already need to focus again on our economic security and cultural relations in asia. >> could we've achieved the political ambitions of the previous administration after 9-11 without going to war in afghanistan, could we have gone after effectively al qaeda without going into afghanistan, for example? >> first of all, i am one of those that strongly believes that the invasion of iraq was a strategic blunder. and it took our eye off the way we could have been dealing with situations in a number of other places. i was in afghanistan as a journalist in '04. spent most of my time with a marine corps unit there, and the way they were handling the situation i think was the way we should be doing it. they were a maneuver force. they were out taking on the elements of the extremist taliban and al qaeda. but the question becomes these larger scale occupations and the political objectives that they have. and i think secretary gates is correct in saying that in the future, there are probably better ways to do that. >> do you think the message -- i
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